Starting a Collection: What Inspired You?

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Confession: there’s really nothing in our house that is bountiful enough to be considered a collection. Unless you count books or our mildly charming set of mismatched stemware, we’ve never been the kind of homeowner to fill our rooms with multiples of anything.

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That’s not to say we don’t want to be that kind of person. We’re just not really sure where to start. How does one decide they will begin collecting only one type of something? For some folks, it seems to come so naturally. Local Austin businesswoman Jennifer Perkins comes to mind. Her home was filled to the brim with collections of every kind of item imaginable: broaches, vintage kid’s toys, scarves, records, bowling balls—the list literally could go on for miles. We even remember her saying once that if she happens to notice she’s purchased 3 items of the same thing, she realizes it’s the birth of a collection.

But how do you start a collection when you don’t have a starting point? Or the better question to ask is: what is the starting point—the inspiration—for a collection? What has been your inspiration for any collections you have in your home? What was the piece or pieces that made you think “I’d like to have more of these in my home.” Or, are you like us and still haven’t found the collection that fits your home or personality yet?

Photos: Adrienne Breaux for Jennifer's Cool and Kitschy Austin Home!

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Adrienne photographs beautiful homes in and around her home base of Austin, Texas. She's a contributor to UPPERCASE Magazine and spends all her free time exploring small town Texas. She watches a lot of Star Trek.